Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★½

Feels a bit static and stagey in parts, but just like Ma Rainey’s music, it never drags. Wilson’s work translates well to screen with snappy, layered dialogue. Powerhouse performances from Davis and Boseman, who shines in his last role. His character is so full of hope and optimism that he can’t help but to fail, falling victim to racism and subjugation. 

Boseman makes a real statement with his performance here, and it’s heartbreaking to have lost him so young. Nonetheless, this is a role that really allowed him to show off his chops, closing out a truly stellar career. May he Rest In Peace.

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